Douglas retires from NAWCWD after 45 years
CHINA LAKE — Retired Navy Capt. Barry C. Douglas, director of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Fleet Support and Rapid Prototype Office, retired Feb. 28, after 45 years of government service.
“Over the years, BD has demonstrated the true work of a leader,” said Rear Adm. Paul Sohl, NAWCWD commander. “He has influenced my life and career from the day we met many years ago.
“It has been an honor serving with him, and he will be missed.”
Douglas began serving his country in 1968 when he accepted a Navy ROTC scholarship to the University of Mississippi. He graduated in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy and advanced to flight training in Pensacola, Fla. He went on to earn his wings as a naval aviator in 1974.
He served seven years of active-duty naval service, and 23 years in the reserves. During his military career he accumulated more than 3,800 flight hours and 250 tactical carrier landings, as well as earning four Meritorious Service Medals, a Meritorious Unit Commendation and various service medals and ribbons. In 2003 he took his Navy uniform off for the last time.
Douglas began working at NAWCWD in 1984 at Naval Air Station Lemoore. Throughout his career here, he worked with various departments in the F/A-18 and EA-18G program, culminating in his position as the integrated program lead for 10 years. His current position for the past four-plus years has been the director of the FSRPO.
“Under his direction the FSRPO has become a highly effective and efficient weapons development operation,” said Vice Adm. David A. Dunaway, commander of the Naval Air Systems Command.
“His leadership and foresight have been essential in establishing the Naval Air Systems Command as the leader for weapons development.”
Douglas and his wife Catherine have two children. Their son, Bradley, earned a doctorate in pharmacy and lives in Ridgecrest. Christina, their daughter, is a lieutenant in the Navy stationed on the East Coast. Christina is expecting a baby, making Douglas a second-time grandfather.
“His time serving his country in both the military and civil service has been of the upmost importance to him,” said Catherine, his wife and best friend for 32 years.
“He has always put the warfighter first and he holds the servicemen and women very close to his heart.”
Douglas said he plans to enjoy his retirement by “taking naps,” getting back into woodworking including making a baby crib for his future grandchild, rebuilding his 1972 Super Beetle (simply because he can), trout fishing, traveling with his wife and their fifth-wheel trailer, spending quality time with his wife and family and being the best grandfather possible.
“My time here has been rewarding and challenging and I had more fun than should be allowed by law,” said Douglas. “I would not be where I am today without the people around me. I have had the pleasure of working with some of the most intelligent and hardworking people in the industry.
“Truthfully, I did not have to do much work; it was my co-workers doing such a great job that made my job simpler.”Story First Published: 2013-03-13